SBCRA AGM & Community Info Session – Thursday 13 November 2014

Posted: October 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized

The SBCRA’s Annual General Meeting will held on Thursday 13 Nov 6:45pm  at Lane Cove Library.

Come early  – 6:30  to enjoy  drinks,  nibbles and a chat

Guest speakers

Wayne Rylands , Lane Cove Council’s Executive Manager – Open Space and Urban Services
Will  update us on Mowbray Precinct issues

Bev Young , Sydney Wildlife
“Sharing our Environment with Wildlife”
Possums in your roof or eating your plants? ducks in your pool?, brush turkeys in the compost?’ – hear about living in harmony with wildlife’





SBCRA Bushcare Big Day Out+ 21st Birthday 14 Sept

Posted: August 10th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized

The SBCRA was founded in 1993,  as part of the Bushcare Major Day Out we will be celebrating our 21st Birthday

Join our wildflower walk and planting day and help create bird habitat by planting native shrubs.

9.00 am to 12 Noon
Meet at park on cnr Kullah Pde and Mindarie Street
Lane Cove North

Wear sturdy shoes for the bushwalk,   bring gloves for the planting.

Stringybark celebration –  BBQ in the park – 12 Noon

Sausage sizzle provided council –  bring a picnic rug and chairs for the BBQ.

For catering purposes please email your attendance  –

Come, meet your neighbours and celebrate our 21 years of bushcare and local activity .

Join us for Clean up Australia Day Sunday 2 March

Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Uncategorized

Come along and join us clean up our local bushland on Sunday 2 March for Clean Up Australia Day.

Register between 9.30am and 1.30pm at the grassed area adjacent to the Epping Rd Overpass Ramp on Johnston Crescent (opposite 66 Johnston).

Everyone is also invited to a BBQ that is being provided courtesy of Lane Cove Council.

Bring along – gloves, hats, sun protection, enclosed shoes, water (we can re-fill as needed) and lots of energy and enthusiasm!


Bushcare morning in Batten Reserve great success

Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized

The Stringybark Creek Bushcare Group’s event for Bushcare’s National Major Day Out on Sunday 8 September was a great success.

Over 40 local residents including a large number of children enjoyed a guided bush walk on the newly upgraded track in the Batten Reserve and then spent time planting around a pond to create a friendly habitat for native frogs.


The morning was completed with a BBQ provided lunch and refreshments provided by Lane Cove Council.

West Ward Councillors Bennison and Strassberg joined the group for the mornings activities.

All those who attended agreed the volunteers who have been regenerating the bushland in Batten Reserve since 1994, have been doing a superb job!


Community input into Council’s response on NSW Planning reforms extended

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Uncategorized

Residents attending the SBCRA’s recent community forum requested another week to prepare submissions to Lane Cove Council on the NSW Government’s planning reforms, in order to be able to incorporate information from the forum into their submissions.

We are pleased to announce an extension for community submissions to Lane Cove Council has been granted until Friday 7 June.

More info on Council submissions can be found on Lane Cove Council’s website.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your say!

New Working Hours in the Mowbray Precinct

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Filed under: Current Issues, Media, Mowbray Precinct, Uncategorized

Council voted unanimously to reduce the Saturday working hours in the Mowbray Precinct at their meeting on 18 March.

There was a very strong message given to the Councillors by the community about the impact of the construction noise and the limited respite (1 day) for residents living in the area and around the Mowbray Precinct developments.

The Saturday building working hours for any new development approvals are now 8am to 12 noon on Saturday, in line with Willoughby Council’s Saturday working hours.

Unfortunately this is not retrospective and only applies to new developments that are yet to be approved.

Had the previous Council had the same empathy to the situation when we requested the same reduction last year, some of the newer approvals would have come under the ruling.

It could be a few years before we have our peaceful Saturday afternoons back. But better to get this now as we have a lot more developments still go!

Read North Shore Times article on this matter

AGM Thurs Oct 18

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized

This year’s AGM is at Lane Cove Library at 7pm  on 18th Oct.Light refreshments ( Cheese + Wine, Coffee and Biscuits) will be available.  All members are encouraged to attend. If you have not yet renewed your membership, either pay online see membership form or pay on the night.

As well as normal AGM business There will be a Special Presentation
A video show of Batten Reserve  Photographs by Matthew Syres
Video editor SBCRA Member Danielle Akayan


If you have some spare time please consider being involved in Bushcare or other activities.



Council Elections – West Ward meeting the candidates session

Posted: August 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, Uncategorized

Lane Cove Council elections are scheduled for Saturday 8th September 2012.

The Lane Cove West Residents Association is organising a forum to meet the West Ward Candidates on Tuesday 21 August at 7.30pm, Blackman Park Scout Hall, Lane Cove West.

Candidates will present their policies followed by a Q&A session.

All local residents are welcome.

Voting is compulsary. For further informatoion on Council elections and polling booth information go to and click on 2012 Council elections.


Have you heard the Powerful Owl?

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, General, Uncategorized

The SBCRA is participating again in Birdlife Australia’s Powerful Owl breeding study.

We know that the Batten Reserve had evidence of roosting of the Powerful Owl last year.  We want to know if the owls are back again this year, and ideally if they are breeding in our area.

Breeding for the owls generally takes place from May-October.

The Powerful Owl is Australia’s largest species of owl which are also listed as vulnerable in NSW. It is about 55cm tall and characterised by its large yellow eyes, massive talons, white and grey-brown plumage and its distinctive deep ‘whoo-hoo’ call.

For more information and an image of the Powerful Owl check out:

If you have recently  heard the Powerful Owl, please contact us on and let us know the location.

Excavation time reduced but not working hours

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, Current Issues, Media, Mowbray Precinct, Uncategorized

Lane Cove Councillors considered a report by Council staff on Saturday building and construction hours in the Mowbray Precinct at their May Council meeting.

This report was produced as a request by some Councillors concerned about the the extensive development potential of the Precinct, and the impact of demolition and excavation works to date.

Even though surrounding Councils have reduced working hours on a Saturday and many residents spoke at the Council meeting highlighting the impact of the noise from the development sites, Lane Cove Councillors voted to retain the extended Saturday working hours in the Mowbray Precinct, but restrict excavation, haulage truck movements, rock picking, jack-hammering and pile driving.

The North Shore Times 2 June edition includes a report on resident pleas and concerns regarding this issue

It also invites residents to comment on the article outlining their experiences.